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Black Sunflower is a series of drawings inspired by Illinois Prairie plants, allergies, and the seasons.

The material for these drawings came from sunflowers that I grew and harvested. The sunflower stalks were used in combination with recycled black paper pulp to make paper at Fresh Press Agri-Fiber Paper Lab. The plant fibers are highlighted in the black paper pulp giving the surface of this paper a speckled texture. I used this paper to make a series of colored pencil drawings inspired by photographs and observations of the plants that grow in the vacant lot near my apartment in Chicago. Some of the titles from the pieces come from research done on native and invasive plant species found in Illinois. There's a specific focus on plants that cause seasonal allergies. I wanted there to be a connection between the material and the subject matter, but nothing overly specific. The images in this gallery include some of the drawings alongside photographs of the sunflowers used for the material.


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Tiny Things Grow in the Warm Air
Colored pencil on paper
16" x 13.5"
2018
Daisy Fleabane
colored pencil on paper
12 " x 9 "
2018
Pollen Settles on her face under the tree of heaven
colored pencil on paper
12" x 9"
2018
ragweed eye
color pencil on paper
16" x 20"
2018
prairie shadow man
colored pencil on paper
16" x 20"
2018
thistle drip
color pencil on paper
13" x 16"
2018
shepherd's purse
colored pencil on paper
16 " x 20"
2018